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THE SKYHAWK ASSOCIATION Quarterly

A-4K over Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand.

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Winter 2007

Skyhawk Association VOLUME 13 • NUMBER 1

All-Marine Skyhawk Reunion 19-22 April ‘07 Hilton Head/Beaufort, SC

Tomcats of VMA-311 • Multiple Carriage Bomb Rack • Attic Attacks • Prez Sez A-4s to Israel • Puresome Unplugged • Take No Prisoners • Slow-Breaking News Twidget Goes Cyber • Size Does Matter

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bombs away! • Winter 2007 •

Skyhawk Association, Inc. Officers and Directors

Founded by M. Davis White A4pilot@aol.com Bob Hickerson President hickers@beecreek.net Jack Woodul Vice President (Navy) and Director (FY 07) rancho@bacavalley.com Ed Jobin Vice President (Marines) and Director (FY 08) ed.jobin@goodrich.com Terry Cooney Secretary and Director (FY 07) skyhawkasn@woh.rr.com Steve Richmond Treasurer serichmond@aol.com

The Prez Sez: Raven Reminds Readers ..............................................................................2 Fall 2006 Board Meeting ..................................................................................................4 Long Range Scheduling Box ............................................................................................5 Take No Prisoners: Letters to the Editor ...........................................................................6 Slow-Breaking News: A Fast-Paced Feature ..................................................................19 Puresome Unplugged: YP’s Excellent Adventures ..........................................................20 The Boom-Boom Room: Powell’s Carrier List .............................................................21 Size Does Matter: Modeling News ..................................................................................21 Read? You Think We Read? ..............................................................................................22 Attic Attacks ....................................................................................................................22 Twidget Goes Cyber: A Geek Guide ...............................................................................23 New Paying Member$ .....................................................................................................23 TAPS .................................................................................................................................23

Bill Gilchrist Director (FY 09) a4driver@san.rr.com John Gabbard Director (FY 07) john.gabbard@domsoftware.com Mike Green Director (FY 08) agreen@crcwnet.com Ted Langworthy Director (FY 07) flybear@peoplepc.net R.R. “Boom” Powell Director (FY 09) vigihawk@cox.net A.D. “Bud” Southworth Director (FY 08) buds@walkersc1.com Joe Turpen Director (FY 08) forrestal@fewpb.net David Weber Webmaster and Director (FY 09) darweber@verizon.net Mark Williams Director (FY 09) readyroomcoor@a4skyhawk.org Skyhawk Association, Inc. 2421 Clubside Drive Beavercreek, OH 45431 skyhawkasn@woh.rr.com Website: www.skyhawk.org or www.a4skyhawk.org David Weber, Webmaster darweber@verizon.net

The Tomcats of VMA-311 1964 – 1966. By Col J.T. “Birdie” Bertrand ............................................................................................ 8-12

The Development of the Multiple Carriage Bomb Rack (MCBR). By LtGen William H. Fitch, USMC(Ret) .......................................................................... 13-15

A-4s To Israel. By Richard P. Shipman ................................................................................................... 16-18

newsletter staff Bob “Raven” Hickerson – Chairman and Editor. Margaret “Warrior Princess” Bone – Managing Editor, mbone@ec.rr.com. Boom Powell and Mark Williams - Co-Editors. David “Twidget” Weber – Technology and Website. Feature Contributors: Ed “Viking” Jobin, Peter Mersky, Joe Turpen, Gary Verver, David “Twidget” Weber, and Jack “Puresome” Woodul.

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Published by the Skyhawk Association © 2007

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Contributions We actively seek contributions from members, including news, photos, historical documents, anecdotes and other items of interest. Submissions may be edited due to space limitations in the newsletter. Contributions may be emailed to the Newsletter Editor at newsletter-editor@a4skyhawk.org or mailed to Bob Hickerson, 1222 Balcones Drive, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Stephanie Davis, graphics, stephanie@ncflight.com. Printed by NCCOAST Communications, Morehead City, NC. Cover: Official RNZAF photo of A-4K BuNo 157911, NZ6208, 30 April 1992, over Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand. Skyhawk Association • Winter 2007

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